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Written by Margaret C
(9/24/2013 7:26 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Henry's offer to take Fanny back to Mansfield, penned by Ramya
It would never happen, of course. Fanny knows it is just an attempt to impose an obligation on her - and even if she trusted Henry sufficiently after his visit to Portsmouth (which I don't think she does), to be an accomplice, an excuse, for bringing Mary Crawford to Edmund?
Fanny is sure her uncle will disapprove, but I'm not. She doesn't know that the point of leaving her in Portsmouth was to teach her the value of a suitor like Henry. There is some indelicacy, and some presumption, in the scheme but nothing that Sir Thomas could not rationalize away with delight. And Henry writing to Sir Thomas to inform him of the situation he has placed Fanny in, would be no less indelicate or presumptuous, and more obviously an impropriety (because he is suggesting that Sir Thomas is negligent, and telling Sir Thomas to remedy it, rather than asking for the opportunity to do it himself - that would be the better way for him to go, for then Fanny would have to chose between the imposition of the Crawfords, officially sanctioned and approved by Sir Thomas, else live with her own family forever more.)
And I think Mary is right in some degree: if Fanny had accepted their kind offer, "Henry would have been too happy and too busy to want any other object. He would have taken no pains to be on terms with Mrs. Rushworth again." Partly because he would spend Easter in Norfolk, showing Fanny how properly and justly he managed his estate, and partly because when he returned to London, he would be able to enjoy Mrs Rushworth's jealous attentions and despise her for them, without giving her attempts to seduce him any encouragement, and with her hatred of Fanny in such a situation, justifying his contempt of her and gratifying his vanity, her spouse and mother-in-law lowering discontentedly, monitoring her narrowly, but staying safely at her side.
It is a giddy, thoughtless young persons scheme, certainly.
No, I don't think someone like Maria or Julia would have objected to such a scheme, although I doubt Maria or Julia would think of what their father would want. It is indelicate though- with Tom so gravely ill and her Aunt missing her every hour, Fanny is not the sort of young person that would take pleasure in the parties of London, while awaiting the selfish opportunity of imposing herself upon Mansfield. And she would be obliged to leave Susan to shift as she could in Portsmouth. The Crawfords are unwittingly attempting to undermine the very qualities that make her attractive to Henry, and interesting (if incomprehensible) to Mary.
Your characterisation of Henry, his determination to push the bounds, is excellent.
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